About apatite stone and its properties

Recently I bought your book "The Wondrous World of Crystals" and all I can say is that it is extraordinary! However, I didn't see that there was a section about Apatite crystal, and this is exactly the crystal I intend to purchase. Hence, could you please tell me something about it. I fond some information on the internet, but I would like to know your opinion, as soon as possible.

Apatite is a stone of balance and harmony that can help us integrate our physical body with the higher emotional, mental and spiritual levels. If there are problems associated with the normal energy flux in our auric field, it can be used to cleanse and release the blocked energies from the major and minor energy centers - chakras, as well as to open the third eye chakra. It has been used for easier achieving of meditative states of consciousness.

Its chemical formula is Ca5(PO4)3(F,OH,CI) which tells us that this stone is a phosphate of calcium, fluorine and chlorine. Apatite can be found in a range of colors, including pink, blue, violet and clean, but most dominant are the green and yellow.

One of the most often emphasized feature of apatite is its ability to reduce our food craving by reducing our appetite. It has been used for enhancing creativity and imagination.

This beautiful crystal is able to shake up the interior energies within our microcosm, helping us face our own truth. This is no easy task, as facing the truth is often accompanied by bitter feelings and no so pleasant self examination. However, not only will we be able to face our truths, but apatite will help us apply our revealings in practice and take whatever measures we feel that are necessary.

Occasionally, apatite can be taken for beryl or topaz, even for tourmaline. Rarely will you find it in your local mineral stores, and outside from the collectors' communities it is not very well known. It is a favorite stone of many mineral collectors due to its wide range of shapes and colors.

The light green variation of apatite has been known for some time as asparagus stone. The only real down side of this mineral is its relatively low hardness which makes it not so durable, nor suitable for application in jewelry production. Still you can find it embedded into various forms of jewelry, in which case you should be especially careful when handling it.

I hope this answers at lest some of your questions, Regards, Olga

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